Undergraduate BSc (Hons)


School of Science, Engineering and Environment




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Three year

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Next enrolment

September 2020


In a nutshell

This course explores microbiology in a broad sense, embracing subjects not only of great relevance today but also of likely increased importance in the future, such as novel therapeutics in the face of resistance to antibiotics, the exploitation of microbes for sustainable food and fuel production, and the emergence of new pathogens. The course offers an integrated learning experience, combining academic scholarship, technical and analytical training, and interaction with industry to achieve a well-balanced understanding of the biology of microbes and their relevance to, and application in, the real world.

The course will prepare you for a wide range of future careers in the life sciences and beyond.

You will:
  • Benefit from a new curriculum focused on contemporary topics in microbiology such as antimicrobial resistance, microbiomes and genomics delivered by research-active staff
  • Enjoy an integrated learning experience, balancing academic scholarship, hands-on training in the laboratory, and liaison with commerce and industry
  • Gain a broad perspective on microbiology, including the relevance of microbes to medicine, public health, the environment, industry and innovation

options available


students accepted

This is for you if...


Want to explore microbiology in a broad sense and the long-term relevance to drug development and sustainable food and fuel production


Want an integrated learning experience, combining academic studies with technical and analytical training


Want regular interaction with industry

Course details

All about the course

Year one provides you not only with the fundamentals of microbiology but also insight into a broad contemporary biological context embracing biodiversity, genetics and cell biology. We explore the relevance of microbiology to modern life and show you how to use integrity and scientific literacy to effectively explore the subject.

Year two extends your learning of microbiology and related subjects and focuses more closely on issues of key relevance including medical, public health and food microbiology. Many modules have a significant practical component allowing you to hone technical skills.   

Year three provides specialised modules focused on key contemporary developments in microbiology including the emerging fields of microbiomes and One Health, and the pervading impact of genomics on the subject. We explore industrial microbiology and how microbes are key to biotechnological innovation. You will also design and complete your own research project in an area of microbiology of personal interest.

Year one


This module will help you develop an understanding of genes and genetics, and their influence on evolution and development. It looks at the basic principles of molecular genetics and the function and evolution of genes in organisms.


This module focuses on the origins and diversity of living organisms (including humans), the environmental processes and their role in the generation of biodiversity.

Molecules to Microbes

This module focuses on the basic principles involved in the build-up of molecules from atoms: the formation, properties and importance of bio-organic molecules, the diverse nature of micro-organisms and their structure, function and importance.

Biological Skills

This module will help you develop practical laboratory skills relevant to cell, organismal, micro and molecular biology which will form a basis for competence in biological and biochemical experimental work.


Microbiology Today

This module has two main objectives; firstly to provide you with skills in academic integrity and literacy that are fundamental to your scientific development as an undergraduate, and secondly to demonstrate that microbes matter because they affect every aspect of our lives today.   

Cell Biology

This module will look at the multidisciplinary nature of cell biology and the basic structure of cells, focusing on animal cells. It will help you develop a theoretical knowledge of the fundamental physiological and biochemical functions carried out by cells.

Year two


Food, Drink and Microbes

This module explores the role of microbes in the production of food and drink and as a threat to these processes. You will get the opportunity to apply your knowledge of microbial physiology to food and drink production yourself, and experience this production on an industrial scale.      

Microbial Communities and Interactions

This is a comprehensive lecture and practical course to emphasise the importance of microbial metabolic and genetic diversity. You will be able to describe the different ways in which microorganisms communicate and respond to their environments and will be introduced to concepts of pathogenicity and symbiosis and the virulence factors that contribute to disease.

Biological Research Skills

This module is designed to help you develop an ability to understand the basics of scientific research in the following areas in order to prepare you for future research based activity:

  • critical evaluation of research-based literature
  • understanding experimental techniques and design
  • data interpretation, analysis and presentation
  • dissertation writing and presentation

Molecular Genetics

The aim of this module is to provide you with a cohesive lecture and laboratory programme to enable you to become aware of mammalian molecular biology and genetics and to develop an understanding of theoretical and practical knowledge in the application of clinical laboratory techniques used for diagnosis.

Introduction to Parasitology and Infectious Diseases

This module introduces pathogens in their broadest sense – from worms that fill human guts to burger-infecting bacteria and viruses transmitted by bee mites. The module explores the diversity and biology of pathogens and introduces the epidemiological skills needed to understand how outbreaks of infectious disease happen and how they can be controlled.      

Medical and Public Health Microbiology

From tuberculosis to Ebola, and measles to bird flu, infectious diseases threaten humans worldwide. This module focuses on today’s big challenges in infectious disease control and provides hands-on experience of the contemporary laboratory methods fundamental to medical microbiology.      

Year three



This module aims to capture the ongoing explosion of scientific interest in microbiomes. You will learn about why microbiomes are important and gain hands-on experience of how to study them using the emerging discipline of bioinformatics.     

Veterinary and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

This is a unique module built on the considerable research experience of Salford staff in Parasitology and Infectious Disease Ecology. Through a series of lectures, seminars and case studies, the module marries ecology and epidemiology, and explores the emerging “One Health” approach to disease control. 

Antimicrobial Resistance: Threats and Solutions

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now widely recognised as one of the greatest threats to global health. This module focuses on the reasons underlying the emergence of AMR and investigates diverse often innovative solutions to the crisis.  


Microbial Biotechnology and Innovation

Microbial biotechnology is used in an exceptional diversity of applications associated with a vast range of human activities and needs. This module addresses explores some of the most important and innovative of these applications and considers key challenges for the future.      

Final Year Project and Professional Skills

This dissertation module allows you to develop independent, experimental, investigative and analytical research skills as you conduct a substantial research project based around a specific aspect/topic in the field of microbiology.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


You will learn through a combination of lectures, practical classes/lab work, small group tutorials, research projects, guided reading and residential field courses.


Assessment is through a combination of coursework and examination. Coursework accounts for around one third of the marks in years one and two and up to half in year three. Continuous assessment includes the research project, laboratory reports, essays, data analysis and presentations. The final degree award is weighted to reflect year two (25%) and year three (75%) performances.

School of Science, Engineering and Environment


Rising to the challenge of a rapidly changing world, our multi-disciplinary courses will shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Shaped by industry and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the skills to become unstoppable in your career. 



You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. 

As a microbiology student you will be taught in our state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.


Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Biology provides an excellent basis for careers in biomedicine, biotechnology, conservation, the pharmaceutical or food industries, research or teaching. Prospective employers include pharmaceutical companies, environment agencies, hospitals, forensic laboratories, clinical trials companies, medical writing companies, scientific sales and general management jobs.

A number of students continue on to postgraduate study, either taught science masters’ courses, research degrees or teaching qualifications.


A taste of what you could become

A biotechnologist

A healthcare scientist

A medicinal chemist

A microbiologist

A nanotechnologist

And more...

Career Links


We encourage all students to undertake a placement year between years two and three of study. Placement years are arranged by you with our support. If you choose to do a placement year then you will not pay fees to the University.


What you need to know


We are looking for applicants with a keen interest in the living world and a desire to develop their skills and career aspirations through lab work and in the field.


IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any one component

Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2021/22 academic year.

Standard entry requirements


English language and mathematics at grade C or  4 or above

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

104 - 112 UCAS points including A2 biology

A level

104 - 112 UCAS points including A2 biology grade C or equivalent. A pass in the practical element of science A level must be achieved

BTEC National Diploma

DMM including biology

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Possible entry to year three

Foundation Degree

Possible entry to year three

Scottish Highers

104-112 points from Higher Level. To include specific subjects: Higher Level Biology

Irish Leaving Certificate

104-112 points from Higher Level. To include specific subjects: Higher Level Biology

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject

International Baccalaureate

30 points including grade 4 in Higher Level Biology

Access to HE

QAA Approved - Pass with 104-112 UCAS points. To include specific subjects: Science (Biology). Applicants holding Nursing/Midwifery/Health Access courses - refer to tutor

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £15,240per year
Part-time 2020/21 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15600per year
Part-time 2021/22 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

All field trips are funded by the school but you may need to consider additional costs such as food and spending money. 

International field trips that are part of core modules are also funded by the school but you will need to pay towards international field trips that are part of optional modules (although these are subsidised by the school) and you will be made aware of these costs before selecting the module. 

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID C501

Institution S03

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